Bauer pitches 1st shutout as a pro, Indians beat Tigers 8-0, sweep series

DETROIT (AP) — Trevor Bauer has accomplished a lot of things in his career, but there was one box he wasn’t able to check off until Sunday in Detroit.
Bauer pitched his first shutout as a pro, ending the longest winless streak of his career as the Cleveland Indians beat the Tigers 8-0 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Bauer (5-6) gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked none. This was his 224th start since being drafted out of UCLA, including 166 in the majors.
“I’m only disappointed that my strikeouts lagged a little,” he said. “If you pitch a complete game with 10 strikeouts and no walks, you’re really getting into rarified air.”
“I have some mechanical stuff that was out of whack, but I was able to compensate and go out there and get those results,” he said.
The 28-year-old righty had been 0-5 in his previous eight starts before dominating the Tigers in his third career complete game.
“Any time you go out there and throw nine innings without giving up a run, you are doing a lot of things right,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He got out of an early jam when it was still 1-0 and then we got him some runs and he settled in.”
Harold Castro hit a leadoff triple in the second, but Bauer stranded him with a popup, a groundball and a strikeout.
“He was a monster out there,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s such a fierce competitor and he went out there and spun the ball against us. When he needed a fastball, he always had it.”
The Tigers have lost 17 of 19 at home.
Gardenhire met with his players after the game, and made it clear he wasn’t happy with their lethargic play on Sunday.
“I’m not happy. I respect the hell out of these guys, and I know the losing is beating them down, but it doesn’t take any effort to run out a pop fly,” he said. “You owe that much to the guys on the bench and the fans in the stands.”
Rookie Oscar Mercado drove in four runs and Jason Kipnis homered and drove in three. The Indians are 18-7 against Detroit since the beginning of last season.

Detroit Lions trade tight end Michael Roberts to New England

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions traded tight end Michael Roberts to the New England Patriots for a conditional draft pick.
Detroit made the move Thursday, creating an open roster spot. ESPN reported the Lions may get a seventh-round selection for Roberts in 2020.
Roberts became expendable this offseason. The Lions drafted Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson early in the first round of the NFL draft in April after signing veterans Jesse James and Logan Thomas.
Detroit drafted Roberts in the fourth round two years ago. He has 13 career receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns.
The Patriots added depth at tight end by acquiring Roberts, giving them another option following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski.

Detroit Tigers lose first Major League Baseball game played in Nebraska, 7-3, to Kansas City

By ERIC OLSON
AP Sports Writer
OMAHA, Neb. — Nicky Lopez couldn’t have imagined a better homecoming to Omaha.
The rookie hit his first major league home run in the stadium where he played college ball, starting the Kansas City Royals’ scoring in a 7-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night in the first big league regular season game played in Nebraska.
“I knew a lot of college friends and coaches here and people around the community,” said Lopez, who played for Creighton University from 2014-16. “I didn’t know it was gone. I knew I hit it pretty good, maybe a double or triple.”
The game at TD Ameritrade Park coincided with the buildup to the College World Series, which begins Saturday. All eight CWS teams were among the sellout crowd of 25,454 and participated in a pregame ceremony with the major league teams.
“It was fun. The energy level was fun,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Every time I turned around, all I saw was Royals hats and shirts. That was great to see. I wanted us to come in here and put on a good show for our fans in Omaha.”
Lopez hit just one home run in 75 games at TD Ameritrade as a collegian. The second baseman returned to Omaha 8 for 61 in his previous 15 games and sat out Wednesday’s game in Kansas City before going 2 for 4.
In his first trip to the plate, he lined Matthew Boyd’s 1-1 pitch into the right field bullpen leading off the third inning. Martin Maldonado followed with a double and came home when Boyd was called for a balk.
The Royals tacked on three runs in the fourth and one each the next two innings on their way to their highest run total since May 29. They had scored a total of eight runs over their previous four games.
Kansas City starter Homer Bailey (5-6) gave up a pair of singles, walked three, hit a batter and struck out six before Jorge Lopez came on to start the seventh. Dawel Lugo tripled past diving right fielder Whit Merrifield and scored on a groundout for the Tigers’ first run.
The Royals won two of three over the Tigers for their first series win since April 12-14 against Cleveland.
Boyd (5-5), who pitched for Oregon State in the 2013 CWS and threw a four-hit shutout against Indiana, lasted four innings and threw 94 pitches in his shortest outing in six starts.
“He threw a ton of pitches,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “That’s not the norm for him. He kind of messed around with some of those guys who are real fast. He needed to attack those guys and keep them off the bases, and he kind of got behind and put too many people on base and then it turns into a bloop here, a bloop there. It wasn’t his night.”

No obstacle too big for Michigan Wolverines baseball team

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
ANN ARBOR — Forget all the big-picture reasons why Michigan shouldn’t be able to make the College World Series — the location, the cold weather, the travel.
As the NCAA Tournament was approaching, these Wolverines had more immediate problems.
“We were down to our last strike — of the season. Our season is over if Ako Thomas doesn’t draw a walk and Jordan Nwogu doesn’t hit the two-run double,” coach Erik Bakich said. “Ever since then, our guys have been filled with confidence, belief.”
Bakich called that ninth-inning rally in the Big Ten Tournament a “defining moment” of the season. The victory over Illinois helped the Wolverines slip into the NCAAs as one of the last four at-large teams. Once there, Michigan advanced through its regional and then beat top-seeded UCLA in a pulsating super regional to reach its first CWS since 1984.
The Wolverines are the first Big Ten team to make the CWS since Indiana in 2013. Like many northern teams, Michigan has a schedule reflective of the weather. The Wolverines played their first 13 games away from home. A few years ago, there was talk that the Big Ten should move its baseball schedule to the summer and maybe give up competing for the NCAA title in this sport, but there’s been improvement in the league.
Michigan went on a 20-game winning streak last season. That wasn’t enough for an NCAA berth, but this year, the Wolverines had three players picked in the first three rounds of the draft — pitchers Tommy Henry and Karl Kauffman and outfielder Jordan Brewer.
After avoiding elimination against Illinois, Michigan won two more Big Ten Tournament games before bowing out. In the NCAA regional, the Wolverines gave up seven runs in the ninth inning in an 11-7 loss to Creighton, but they pounded the Blue Jays 17-6 in the next game to advance.

Michigan’s Jordan Nwogu slides safely into second base during the first inning of an NCAA tournament super regional game against UCLA in Los Angeles on Saturday. (AP photo)

Katherine Perry, Jenny Shin tied atop LPGA Meijer Classic in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — Katherine Perry and Jenny Shin shared the lead at 6-under 66 when first-round play in the rain-delayed Meijer LPGA Classic was suspended because of darkness Thursday night.
Playing in the second group of the day off the first tee, Perry had eight birdies and two bogeys at Blythefield Country Club in the round that started seven hours late because of heavy rain.
“It was a weird day,” Perry said. “There was a lot going on from the beginning, just waking up at 5, hanging out, going back and napping, but it turned out to be beautiful out here. My swing was on, putting stroke was on from the start, so it was a great day.”
Making only her fourth LPGA Tour start of the season, the former North Carolina player birdied three of the first four holes.
“I think that was hugely important, just hitting it close on the first hole and then making that putt,” Perry said. “I made a 30-footer or so on the next hole. Just really gave me confidence with my putting.”
Shin finished on the front nine, making three straight birdies on Nos. 6-8. The South Korean player won the 2016 Volunteers of America Texas Shootout for her lone LPGA Tour title.
“I had a few close shots, within 3 feet, and then made a few putts,” Shin said. “The par 5s are reachable here so I took advantage of that. Made a few birdies coming in.”
Mariajo Uribe of Colombia had a hole-in-one on the 156-yard 15th — her sixth hole — in a 67. She birdied the final two holes.

Minjee Lee of Australia tees off on the first hole during the opening round of the Meijer LPGA Classic tournament at Blythefield Country Club on Thursday in Belmont, Mich. (AP photo)

Tigers edge Royals 3-2 before teams head to Omaha

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Shane Greene, left, and catcher John Hicks, right, celebrate following the team’s baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The Tigers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brandon Dixon broke an eighth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly that sent the Detroit Tigers past the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Miguel Cabrera also had a sacrifice fly for the Tigers, and Ronny Rodriguez hit an RBI double.
Jorge Soler drove in both Royals runs but flied out with a runner on to end the game.
The teams now head to Omaha, Nebraska, to play the first Major League Baseball game in that state Thursday night as a prelude to the College World Series, which begins Saturday in the same ballpark — also home of Kansas City’s Triple-A affiliate.
The Royals need a victory to win a series for the first time since April 12-14.
After the start was delayed 24 minutes because of the threat of rain, Royals reliever Jake Diekman (0-3) walked JaCoby Jones leading off the eighth. Christin Stewart doubled under the glove of first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, sending Jones to third.
After walking Nicholas Castellanos, Diekman struck out Cabrera. But then Dixon sent right fielder Terrance Gore to the fence for the go-ahead sacrifice fly.
Nick Ramirez (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. Shane Greene worked the ninth for his 20th save in 21 chances.
Neither starter factored in the decision.
Danny Duffy had a solid outing for the Royals. After walking his first two batters, he buckled down and completed seven innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He walked only those two batters and struck out six.
Tigers starter Daniel Norris gave up two runs and six hits in five innings with two walks and six strikeouts.
Cabrera drove in Jones with a sac fly in the first inning as Detroit scored without the benefit of a hit.
After wasting a couple of scoring chances in the first two innings, the Royals finally got a run in the third. Whit Merrifield stroked a leadoff double to the wall in left-center. He stole third and scored on Soler’s double.
Detroit came right back in the fourth when John Hicks and Rodriguez hit back-to-back doubles.
Soler’s two-out single knocked in Alex Gordon in the fifth.
TRAINER’S ROOM
Tigers: SS Niko Goodrum was out of the lineup after fouling a ball off his kneecap Tuesday. “He’s sore. There was some swelling. He’s moving around. We’ll talk to him and see how he feels and go on from there,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. … INF Jeimer Candelario was set to begin his rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo. He’s been on the 10-day injured list since June 4 (retroactive to June 2) with left shoulder inflammation. … RHP Jordan Zimmermann will pitch Thursday for Toledo on his rehab assignment.
Royals: 3B Hunter Dozier took grounders and some swings off a tee. Kansas City manager Ned Yost said Dozier was expected to take more swings in the cage Thursday. If everything goes well, he’ll take batting practice on the field and likely head out on a rehab assignment.
UP NEXT
LHP Matthew Boyd (5-4, 3.08 ERA) starts Thursday night for Detroit against RHP Homer Bailey (4-6, 5.90). Boyd’s last appearance at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha was in 2013, when he pitched a four-hit shutout to help Oregon State beat Indiana 1-0 in a College World Series elimination game.

Speedy Kansas City Royals rally late to beat Detroit Tigers, 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Adalberto Mondesi and Terrance Gore used their speed to help the Kansas City Royals rally for a win.
Mondesi and Jorge Soler had consecutive one-out doubles in the eighth inning to tie it, and pinch-runner Gore stole third and scored the go-ahead run on Cheslor Cuthbert’s ensuing single to lead the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Kansas City manager Ned Yost credited Mondesi for “a hustle double” — his third hit of the game — to start the rally. He then scored on Soler’s hit off Victor Alcantara (2-1). Gore ran for Soler, stole third and scored on Cuthbert’s single between three fielders in right field to give the Royals their first lead of the game.
“Cuthbert got a break on that one, hit a pop-up into no-man’s land,” Yost said. “That’s the first break we’ve caught in a while, but I’ll take it.”
Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire agreed with Yost’s assessment of the go-ahead run.
“I guess it’s no-man’s land,” Gardenhire said. “Somebody has to take charge on the ball. With us playing the infield in, it bloops out there. The ball landed and that was just a break for them.”
It was the first time all season the Kansas City won when trailing after six innings.
Mondesi had rounded first aggressively on his first two hits before heading back to the bag. With his club down a run, he didn’t hesitate on his last hit.
“Every time I hit the ball I run hard,” Mondesi said. “When I hit it I saw the left fielder was in the gap, so I thought I had a chance. I just ran hard.”
Scott Barlow (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to get the win, and Ian Kennedy got the last three outs for his fifth save.
The Tigers’ bullpen wasted a brilliant effort from Spencer Turnbull. He scattered four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over six innings. It was only the third time in 14 starts that Turnbull had not allowed a run.
Jakob Junis had a quality start for Kansas City, allowing two runs and five hits — including solo homers by Nicholas Castellanos and Brandon Dixon — with five strikeouts in seven innings.
The Tigers got to Junis in the first on a 427-foot home run by Castellanos to left-center. It was Castellanos’ 100th career homer.
Dixon hit a 447-foot homer in the fourth into the fountains 20 feet beyond where Castellanos’ homer traveled, to put the Tigers up 2-0.

College World Series field set including Michigan

(AP) — The Southeastern Conference flexed its baseball muscles Monday, with Auburn and Arkansas posting blowout wins in the deciding games of their super regionals and giving their league a record-tying four teams in the College World Series.
Auburn scored 13 runs in the top of the first inning to start a 14-7 win over host North Carolina, sending the Tigers to the CWS in Omaha, Nebraska, for the first time since 1997.
Arkansas, the national runner-up last year, scored seven runs over the second and third innings on its way to a 14-1 home win over Mississippi. The Razorbacks are heading to Omaha for the 10th time, and sixth since 2004 under coach Dave Van Horn.
First-round games Saturday match Michigan (46-20) against No. 8 national seed Texas Tech (44-18) and Florida State (41-21) vs. No. 5 Arkansas (46-18). Sunday’s openers pit No. 7 Louisville (49-16) against No. 2 Vanderbilt (54-11) and No. 6 Mississippi State (51-13) vs. Auburn (38-26).

Detroit Lions sign quarterback David Fales, cut Connor Cook

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback David Fales and waived quarterback Connor Cook.
Detroit also added offensive lineman Luke Bowanko and released safety David Jones on Monday.
Fales replaces Cook as a backup candidate behind Matthew Stafford and Tom Savage. Fales, who played in Miami the previous two years, has completed 29 of 43 passes in his career for 265 yards with one touchdown and an interception. The former San Jose State star was drafted in 2014 by Chicago in the sixth round.
Bowanko started three games for the Washington Redskins last season and has started 18 games since his rookie season with Jacksonville in 2014.
Cook, a former Michigan State star, played in one game for the Oakland Raiders in 2016.

Joey Logano edges Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr. in overtime to win Michigan NASCAR race

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Joey Logano won the pole in qualifying and then led for more than three-quarters of the actual race.
It was an impressive display, but all that could have gone for naught if he hadn’t been sharp on one final restart.
Logano won his second NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, holding off Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. in overtime Monday at Michigan International Speedway. Logano was trying to hold on to a dwindling lead over Truex and Busch with five laps remaining, but around that time, Erik Jones went onto the grass, bringing out the caution flag that forced overtime.
“As the leader, you’re like, ‘Ohhhh.’ Right?” Logano said. “But the race fan part of me is like, ‘Heck yeah, this is going to be a great race for everyone to watch.’”
Logano and Truex were up front on the restart, along with Kurt and Kyle Busch, and Logano pulled ahead in his No. 22 Ford.
“He jumped the restart by over a car length,” Truex said. “I don’t know. I guess they don’t enforce those rules anymore. We’ll have to remember that for next time.”
Logano, not surprisingly, had a different view.
“I was able to see it right in front of me. I hit it when I got there,” Logano said. “I had a good start though, wasn’t it? That was a good one. That one felt good.”
NASCAR said it reviews all restarts and did not find anything problematic with this one.
It was the third win in a row for Ford at MIS. This was the 100th race at Michigan for NASCAR’s top series.
The race was held Monday after being rained out Sunday.
Logano won the first stage but had to pit toward the end of the second. Austin Dillon won that stage.
It was a dominant visit to MIS for Logano, who led a track-record 163 laps in the race. The previous mark of 162 was set in 1989 by Rusty Wallace — although Logano’s race was extended by the overtime.
The race was scheduled for 200 laps and 400 miles. After lap 191, Logano had a lead of 1.302 seconds. Truex had cut that to 0.153 after lap 195, and Kurt Busch was right there too — but that all became moot because of the last caution.
“I really wanted it to go green at the end with Truex,” Busch said. “I was going to push him straight through the 22.”
Logano won for the 23rd time in his career and took over the points lead from Kyle Busch. Kurt Busch finished second Monday, followed by Truex, Daniel Suarez and Kyle Busch.

Joey Logano reacts after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Monday in Brooklyn, Mich. (AP photo)